Pros: docile, quiet, cold weather layer
Cons: late maturation/layers, high feed consumption
Wonderful docile bird and easy to handle. They are late to mature and do not begin to lay until 23+ weeks. They make little noise and don't scratch too much. My rooster hardly ever crows, and they free range well. The only con could be is having feather footed bird and keeping a coop and run clean and dry is a must. I did have a bird lose a toenail and am having a hard time keeping it clean because the feathers hold the poo and any other mud or debris. The hens combs' are nice and small, and didn't get frost bitten this year (with exception of my rooster and a very small noticeable spot now healed) . Their overall docile demeanor makes for an excellent starter flock. I will be trying a different breed this year with a higher production rate faster maturation and smaller feed consumption. My brahmas continued to lay well through the cold Maine winter months.